Fa La La Friday

Like many of you, I’m trying to manage my time of Stay Home, Stay Healthy in a positive way. I’m going to be honest, it’s hard…I’m usually a girl on the go! I have been spending a lot of time in the Craft-Coop and this week started hosting online virtual classes. It might not have been as smooth as teaching in person, but I’m going to make it work and I will learn and it will get better.

I’ve also been taking orders for cards and this week I’ve spent extra time working on Thank You cards for health care workers, 25 to be exact. I’ve pulled out retired papers and stamps and really had some fun.

When I was digging through papers there was one thing that stuck out…I have A LOT of Christmas paper. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas, but by the time October hits I don’t have time to sit down and make Christmas cards. So I thought I’d throw a few cards together and start Fa La La Friday.

These cards were made using the Spruced Up paper and the December 2019 stamp of the month Reindeer Crossing. On the first card the sleigh was stamped in Espresso Ink on the woodgrained B&T. The second card features the pine cone branch stamped in Espresso, however on this card I chose to use Sangria Ink to stamp the sentiment directly on the B&T. Although I normally choose to stamp on a white or off white paper, this woodgrain had a light enough design to not interfere with my stamped image or sentiment.

CTMH Reindeer Crossing - Stamped Blessings
Reindeer Crossing – December 2019 SOTM $5

If you missed this stamp of the month it is one that I have added to my sale box. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and start adding additional stamps that I need to part with (Fridays will most likely feature Christmas stamps) and I know there are some with matching dies so stay tuned. If you are local I can do a gate pickup or set it aside for when we can see each other in person.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’re Staying Home, Staying Healthy & Staying Creative!

Double Trouble #45

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (12/13-12-29) is include stripes – you’ll get an extra draw entry if you use black & white stripes with the fun twist of adding at least three additional colors., you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Color My Heart Color Dare . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card is one of my favorite patterns from the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4. I supported Trouble Maker with my Black & White and added the additional colors of Candy Apple, Glacier & Green Apple. My stripes are in the dotted B&T papers from the Holly Jolly paper packet and the white trees on the black background.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Double Trouble #44

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (12/2-12/13) is to wrap it up with the fun twist of tying it up, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner ArtsyStamper Digitals Challenge . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card features the traditional colors of Christmas that you’ll find in the Holly Jolly Paper Packet from Close to My Heart. All those pretty packages tied up with ribbons reminds me that I’d better get my shopping done with only a couple of weeks left before Christmas.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Double Trouble #43

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (11/18-12/1) is Bring On the Glitz with the fun twist of adding a snow person, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Cupcake Inspirations. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card is actually a fun treat holding a packet of Hot Chocolate, because afterall if you’re gonna play with snowmen you need to warm up when you’re finished. I embossed my background with the Snowflakes embossing folder – it’s got all sizes and shapes of snowflakes and might be my favorite embossing folder ever! I didn’t want to cover up all the snowflake B&T from the Holly Jolly paper packet so I kept my sentiment simple and to the right of the snowman instead of all the way across the band. It’s difficult to see, but delightful in person, I used the shimmer brush on the snowman and then lots of silver glitter gems to keep my card glistening.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Double Trouble – #42

You should know that all kinds of trouble can happen within the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge Design Team including starting a Monday Challenge on a Friday but that’s what you get at – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 11/1-11/17 has us in stitches with the fun twist of adding a hot beverage (coffee, tea, cocoa), we have no specific partner this challenge, however if you’d like you can link up the first week with the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop for extra points. You’ll find all the details at the Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge Blog.

My card features the multi square windows thin cuts…I love this for backgrounds. I chose a Christmas themed cup using stamps from the Share the Seasons stamp set and Perk Up Stamp & Thin Cut from Close to My Heart.

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Double Trouble #32

Won’t you come get in some trouble with us at Double Trouble. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to make a Christmas in July (yep, flip that calendar people it’s July 1st already!) with a square design. And who better to make an appearance at Christmas than Santa on vacation at the North Shore. Double Dare is asking us to link up to Retro Rubber Challenge #114.

I knew exactly which stamp sets I was going to use as soon as we decided on our challenge. There’s a little old (the beach chair and santa hat) mixed with a little new (the palm tree, sand, shells & sentiment). My paper is some that I had left from last Christmas – I knew I wanted to mix in that strip of “tropical” colors.

My card is square 4.5 X 4.5 – I cut the front cover a little short so the B&T would show.

I thought it was so clever that Santa left his hat while running off to catch a wave. After all the hard work he does, I’m sure Santa deserves an extended vacation in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this fun challenge, then run over to the Double Trouble Challenge and get the rules and play along.

Double Trouble #17

Did you hear the news?  Twisted Sister made the nice list…thank you all for helping.  Now it’s time to bake some cookies for Santa!

Trouble Maker has the perfect recipe to get us started!

Recipe.” This time the recipe can be used for any occasion – birthday, thank you, get well, wedding and even Christmas if you still need that last minute card or tag.

From: The Kitchen of Double Trouble Challenge Blog
Servings: Unlimited fun
Ingredients:
3 – Embellishments
2 – Colors 
1 – Sentiment or image (stamped or digital OK)
Directions: You may use more than the recipe ingredients stipulate, but you need to include a required minimum of each ingredient. The ingredients may be included in the image or an add-on. But don’t stop here…you might want to consider special topping ingredients using “Bright and Bold” or “Soft and Pastel
“.

Double Dare is asking you to link up with Color My Heart Color Dare.  Make sure that you are following their rules and using either a Bright & Bold or Soft & Pastel palette!

Twisted Sister is asking you to include something that you’d find or make in the kitchen – remember this is just an optional twist, but it makes Twisted Sister so happy to see you participate that she’s going to pick her favorite card and send you a treat too!

I decided to do a side step card.  I included images from 2 different stamp sets and thought including a rolling pin & measuring cup were a good mix with my Gingerbread cookies.  For embellishments I used silver sequins which I colored with my Shin Han marker, sparkles and tassels that I made from clover and pixie CS and the new Fancy Borders thin cuts.

I hope you’ll want to join the fun at Double Trouble so hopefully you’ll make the nice list too!

It’s the Busiest Time of Year!

Wait…it’s supposed to be the Merriest Time of Year, right?  Then why am I still feeling like Christmas needs to come in about 2 months instead of two weeks?

These are just a few of the Christmas Cards that I’ve been working on.  I combined some retired products with brand new ones and declared that non-traditional colors could be used too!

Even though it’s just two weeks to Christmas it’s never too soon to start planning for next year and most of the products I used will be retiring at the end of December.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards…do you have a favorite?

Be Merry – Color Dare #322

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

This week the Color Dare is mixing things up with you picking the colors as long as they are BRIGHT & BOLD.

 

I chose to use a PML card from the Tis the Season paper packet and a few of the B&T papers.  I then layered a snowflake from the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts in Silver & Red Glitter paper.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  The rules on how to join are located here.  While you are visiting the home page take a peek at what the other Design Team members have created…they are a talented bunch for sure!

Double Trouble #16

It’s time for more trouble over on the Double Trouble Papercrafting Blog.  This time Trouble Maker is requesting we use some form of embossing – heat, dry, embossing paste use one or use them all.  Twisted Sister is getting in the spirit and singing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and is requesting you add a snowflake on your project.  Double Dare is asking you to link up to the winter/holiday themed challenge at Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge.

I selected a soft Christmas palette of Ballerina, Mint, Charcoal & Linen with touches of Gold and a White Glitter Paper Snowflake.  I heat embossed my white snowflakes along the Ballerina cardstock and then added a die cut Snowflake from the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts. 

I hope you’ll come join in the fun at Double Trouble for a chance to win one of our bags of things.  I also hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment on your favorite Christmas palette.